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Category Buyer


Leighton Buzzard, CBF, GB

Requisition ID:  459451

B/E Aerospace, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rockwell Collins Inc., is a leading manufacturer of aircraft interior products and we currently have some exciting positions based at our Leighton Buzzard facility, including a Category Buyer.


Reporting to the Purchasing Lead, the Category Buyer is responsible for strategic purchasing activities within their commodity.

Key responsibilities include –


  • Identify cost reduction opportunities and develop strategies to realize savings
  • Negotiate price reductions with suppliers and draft the resulting agreement
  • Lead or support the implementation of cost reduction initiatives
  • Working with the potential suppliers and the program team, identify opportunities to reduce weight and cost, and address quality issues
  • Lead contract negotiations with supplier
  • Ensure suppliers’ compliance to contractual commitments
  • Ensure the suppliers are ‘rate ready’ to support production
  • Support and work closely with the Tactical Procurement team to ensure supplier performance is in line with required and contracted terms
  • Lead or support the application of contractual remedies against material breaches (claims)
  • Identify procurement risks and develop strategy to minimize impact
  • Develop new sources of supply and establish strategic alliances which meet the program objectives
  • Together with the commodity manager, develop the commodity by managing projects that would include the  preparation of business cases and commodity profiles
  • Establish and maintain networks internally and externally
  • Monitoring and reporting supplier performance to compliment objectives on delivery and inventory
  • Support our corporate sourcing team with appropriate sourcing strategies on the program that are in line with the corporate commodity strategy
  • Ensure contracts are maintained in accordance to our business requirements
  • Ensure conformance to departmental procedures in all activities
  • Any other reasonable duties as required


    The successful candidate will have the following –


  • Educated to degree standard or equivalent
  • Materials Management background MRP, SAP or other ERP etc
  • Demonstrable experience of designing and implementing procurement strategies
  • Excellent negotiation skills and experience in project management
  • Proven background in creating, identifying, developing and implementing cost savings strategies to realize savings
  • Results and detail oriented with the focused and committed to meet deadlines as well as business objectives
  • A strong background in drafting and interpreting contract terms and conditions
  • Proven track record of achievement in a relevant manufacturing position and an understanding of technical topics
  • Proficient in intermediate Excel and adept with other Microsoft Office programs (Word, Powerpoint etc)
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Driven, with a will to develop new skills and progress within the Company

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